Pinball FX creator Zen Studios has announced its latest project. The game is called Dread Nautical and – quelle surprise – it’s not a pinball game. Instead, it’s a tactical RPG launching with Apple Arcade today.
Dread Nautical is a tactical turn-based RPG with roguelike elements. The game promises to blend a cartoonishly eerie tone with strategic gameplay and an emphasis on forward planning. You play as one of four survivors aboard the cruise liner Hope, which has been overrun with malevolent monsters. Said monsters want to wipe out everything in their path, so it’s your job to stop them. You can check out the trailer for Dread Nautical below:
Once you’ve chosen which of the four characters you want to play as Zen Studios says you’ll use “intuitive touchscreen controls” to traverse 20 randomly-generated ship decks. Gameplay for Dread Nautical involves searching for food and other supplies, assisting survivors with their plights, and attempting to recruit said survivors to your team. You’ll have to figure out which companions to take on each fight, as well as what equipment to give them.
Zen Studios says Dread Nautical will be playable across all Apple Arcade-compatible devices. It also supports offline play, so if you’re not connected to the internet then you can still enjoy the game. We’re not yet sure how the game’s “touchscreen controls” will work with non-touch devices like Macs and Apple TV. We do know that, like other Apple Arcade games, Dread Nautical will sync data between devices, so you’ll be able to pick up your save file on a different device.
Apple Arcade will be available on iPhone, iPad, Mac computers, and Apple TV. Arcade will set you back $4.99 a month, but that gets up to six family accounts access to it. Apple says over 100 games will be available for Apple Arcade at launch, with more to follow as time goes on.
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